DIY Gifts (60) – Travel pillow

Traveling can get very uncomfortable at times, especially if you’re traveling by car or worse, bus. But if you have the right equipment for the trip, you can make it as comfortable as possible.

What kind of equipment am I talking about? Neck pillows.

A well-made neck pillow can make a big difference during long trips during which you have no other options but so sit put.

Gift No. 60



fabric – 1/2 yard (50 cm) cotton fabric (or 2 x 1/4 yard if you are using two fabrics) – stuffing (polyester stuffing works best) – matching color thread – scissors (or rotary cutter and a cutting mat) – pins or clips – sewing machine (you can even hand sew this) – iron and ironing board – sewing clips or pins

Before cutting, wash, dry and press your fabric.

Step 1 – Prepare the pattern

Print out the travel neck pillow pattern you downloaded and cut it out. Make sure you print it as 100% (no scaling) on either a US letter or A4 paper. Cut it out and tape it together.

If you don’t have a printer or you can’t use the downloadable pattern for some other reason, you can draw it yourself on a piece of paper.

Just draw one half of the usual travel pillow shape. Similar to a bean. Then cut it out.

Step 2 – Cut the fabric

Fold the fabric in half and align the edges. Then put the travel pillow sewing pattern on the fold, pin it and cut through both layers according to the pattern. The seam allowance is already included.

Do this two times, as you need two identical pieces of fabric – one for the front and one for the back. If you have larger scrap pieces – this is a great project to use couple of them!

Step 3 – Pin

Unfold both pieces of fabric and set them on top of each other, right sides facing each other. Align the edges and pin everything in place. Leave an opening for turning.

Step 4 – Sew

Stitch all around the edges using a 3/8 inch (1 cm) seam allowance. Leave a gap of about two inches (5 cm) unstitched so that you can turn the DIY neck pillow inside out.

Use your scissors to notch all around the pillow, snipping small triangles out of the seam allowance about one inch apart from each other. This will allow the pillow to form properly along the curves. Don’t notch the gap.

Step 5 – Turn inside out and press

Turn the whole pillow inside out through the opening you left unstitched earlier. Tuck the seam allowance of the opening inside and press it. Press the entire thing flat with an iron using a lot of steam.

Step 6 – Fill the pillow with the stuffing

Take the polyester stuffing you have prepared and fill the neck pillow with it. You can put as much stuffing as you wish, it’s your choice. If you like your pillows to be fluffier then put a bit more, just don’t overdo it so that it doesn’t become too hard.

Once you have finished stuffing the neck pillow, all that’s left to do is to close up the opening on it. Take your needle and a thread and close the opening shut with a ladder stitch.

That’s about it, now you know how to make a travel pillow!

If you want to see the tutorial:

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